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So you’re getting hitched? Congratulations! Why not take a break from planning your dream wedding and start thinking about your honeymoon. Forget long-haul flights and double mortgages as these romantic destinations are right on your doorstep if you’re a native of Australia. From Cradle Mountain, to Lord Howe Island and the Kimberley, these are dreamiest escapes for newlyweds.

Byron Bay, New South Wales

The Pass, Byron Bay. Byron Bay's beachside location and laid-back vibe make it a popular stop for backpackers

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Laze the days away in the bohemian-chic town of Byron Bay in northern New South Wales. The serene rainforests and pristine beaches radiate tranquility and are the perfect place to decompress and enjoy each other’s company after the hectic nuptial period. Behold the sunrise from Cape Byron Lighthouse – Australia’s most easterly point, before taking a surf lesson and strolling through the various artisan and farmers markets. The best time to visit: September to November

Whitsunday Islands, Queensland

Lap up the sunshine all year round at the Whitsundays, Queensland. With 74 islands scattered throughout the cerulean waters of the Great Barrier Reef including Hamilton, Hayman and Daydream islands, you can unwind on your own slice of paradise under the shade of palm trees. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, relax on the idyllic Whitehaven Beach and soar over Heart Reef. The best time to visit: May to December

The Kimberley, Western Australia

For a red-hot honeymoon, visit the Kimberley in the northern reaches of Western Australia and start your lifelong adventure together in the wild frontier. Bordered by uncharted coastlines and astounding outback vistas, the Kimberley will leave you breathless with sights, including the Bungle Bungle Range, Cathedral Gorge and Cape Leveque, as well as the Mitchell Falls and Horizontal Falls. The best time to visit: April to October


Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Early morning in the vineyards, Hunter Valley

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Luring Sydneysiders, the Hunter Valley is a hamlet for couples who love food almost as much as they love each other. Start your day with a hot-air balloon ride over the region’s rolling hills and fertile vineyards, before wining and dining through more than 120 wineries and gourmet restaurants. Then pamper yourself at Australia’s largest day spa, Spa Elysia at Golden Door Health Retreat. The best time to visit: September to November

Daylesford, Victoria

Less than two hours from Melbourne, the spa town of Daylesford is ideal for a mini-moon. Soak in the mineral waters of Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa, stroll through Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, visit galleries and gorge yourself on gourmet food. For swoon-worthy photos, visit Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm and finish the weekend off with a glass of local wine as you gaze adoringly at one another over a crackling fire. This is the perfect place to celebrate your loved-up bliss. The best time to visit: March to May

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Retreat to Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park for a secluded alpine escape. Set within a dramatic mountainous backdrop, newlyweds can spend their honeymoon hiking, horse riding in the countryside and road-tripping around the island – make sure you don’t miss Wineglass Bay and Grindelwald. After a long day of exploring, head back to your picture-perfect cabin and cosy up on the veranda under the stars with a bottle of wine and a candlelit dinner – paradise. The best time to visit:October to May

Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

Mount Lidgbird and Mount Gower,  Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Australia


Mount Lidgbird and Mount Gower, overlooking the Tasman Sea in New South Wales | © robertharding / Alamy Stock Photo

Step off the beaten path and visit a lush tropical oasis off Australia’s east coast. Lord Howe Island is a crescent-shaped World-Heritage-listed site where you can hand feed schools of fish on Ned’s Beach, roam through the Valley of the Shadows, hike up Mt Gower and snorkel through the clear lagoons. With only 400 visitors allowed on the island at any one time, this honeymoon spot will seem like a private sanctuary. The best time to visit: September to June

Broome, Western Australia

Dreaming of an exotic getaway in a faraway kingdom? Situated in Western Australia, Broome is home to one of the most majestic sunsets you’ll ever see in Australia. Take a camel ride along the pristine sands of Cable Beach and watch the spectacular phenomenon Staircase to the Moon over the Indian Ocean. Broome is also famous for its pearls and you can even visit the 130m-year-old Dinosaur Footprints at Gantheaume Point. The best time to visit: March to October

Barossa Valley, South Australia

When searching for a location, wine-lovers should look no further than the Barossa Valley. Only an hour north of Adelaide, the region is steeped in history, boasting the oldest vines in Australia and is home to 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors. In addition to all that Shiraz, couples can graze at gourmet restaurants, visit art galleries and explore Barossa’s network of cycling paths. The best time to visit: March to May

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Kakadu National Park (Northern Territory Australia) landscape near Gunlom lookout

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Add a little Crocodile Dundee(1986) adventure and excitement to your honeymoon by celebrating with a trip to Kakadu National Park. One of the most awe-inspiring places in Australia, Kakadu’s ancient landscapes abounds with natural treasures and hidden swimming holes, along with beautiful billabongs, iconic Aboriginal rock art and, of course, crocs. Extend the loved-up bliss with a few days of soaking up the culture – and sun – on Darwin’s glorious beaches before heading back to reality. The best time to visit:May to October

Uluru, Northern Territory

For a spiritual honeymoon destination, head to Australia’s vast and beautiful Red Centre. See the golden sunset fall on Uluru, and the breathtaking Field of Lights, marvel at the West MacDonnell Ranges and Kata Tjuta, visit Alice Springs and walk along Kings Canyon – all while learning about the fascinating history of this ancient landscape and the Indigenous people who have called it home for tens of thousands of years. A trip here will leave you with a deep admiration for Australia’s natural landscape and Indigenous culture. The best time to visit: July and November

Atherton Tablelands, Queensland

Southwest of Cairns but still close to the Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef, the Atherton Tablelands are a little paradise all on their own. A real romantic escape, here you can spend your days hiking up waterfalls, exploring ancient volcanoes, visiting historic towns and sipping tea in lakeside teahouses. Spend your nights cuddled up with your beloved in a luxurious treehouse in the rainforest under a sky full of stars. The best time to visit: March to May and September to November

By: theculturetrip.com


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